Jordan's King Abdullah to meet with Pence on Middle East peace plan
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Jordanian King Abdullah II will meet with US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday as the White House continues their efforts to drum up support for the reportedly imminent Middle East peace plan.
The Hashemite king left Amman for Washington over the weekend to speak with members of Congress about strategic issues in the region, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
King Abdullah is scheduled to meet with the vice president on Monday, though President Donald Trump’s official schedule does not include time for the Jordanian leader.
The Trump peace plan will be on Abdullah and Pence’s agenda, as the White House prepares to present the so-called “deal of the century” after Israel’s April 9 election.
The Trump administration has begun ramping up their efforts to generate support for the deal, including a recent trip by White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to the Gulf.
Abdullah and Pence have disagreed in the past on the US administration’s Middle East policy, with the Jordanian king expressing to the vice president during an Amman visit his objection to the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In December 2017, Trump announced the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would be moving their official embassy to the battleground city.
The move broke with decades of US policy that the status of Jerusalem must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians who see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
During Pence’s official visit to Amman last year shortly after Trump’s December Jerusalem announcement, Abdullah told the vice president the move would fuel radicalism and inflame Muslim and Christian tensions in the region.
Abdullah also told Pence that Jordan believed the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a two-state solution.
"For us, Jerusalem is key to Muslims and Christians, as it is to Jews. It is key to peace in the region and key to enabling Muslims to effectively fight some of our root causes of radicalization," Abdullah told the visiting US diplomat.
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